New Year, New You: There’s an App for That

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By far the most common New Year resolution that is out there is the one to become healthier, to lose weight, or to finally get fit. The holidays are rough on even the most stringent dietary plans, and there is something about seeing that clock turn to 12:01 on January 1st that delivers a renewed sense of spirit and motivation. The old year is gone, the New Year is here, and with that plenty of reasons to start over with those healthy habits. As you think about your New Year’s resolutions and the lofty goals that you have set for yourself, it is a good idea to remember as well those wise words of Einstein: The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past (and let’s be honest, most of us have) and it didn’t work out (again, as most diets go), then trying what you did in the past over and over again isn’t a very good idea. If you want better results, you need to try something new. Luckily, there are a wide array of fitness apps that are designed for just that

Weight loss or fitness apps are an incredibly helpful tool for helping you get started with a new weight loss plan, as well as for helping yourself keep accountability and manage your goals. There are as many different sorts of apps out there as there are personalities and diet plans. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find an app that is meant to help you control your diet, one that is meant to give you a boost when working out, and others that are meant to help you track your progress along the way.

Here 3 of the Best Weight Loss Apps Worth Trying This New Year:

1) Lose It

new yearThis app follows the basic principles of a weight loss journal, one of those proven tactics that weight loss doctors typically recommend. However, the app is easy to use and doesn’t require that you carry around a small book to jot down your food intake. The app will help you track your food choices, exercise goals and more.

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2) My Fitness Pal

Similar to Lose It in its basic design, My Fitness Pal is designed to track and encourage workouts. There are features of the app that are designed to encourage you to try new things, and features that help you track what you’ve already done.

3) SHealth / iPhone Health App

Samsung and Apple both offer similar built-in weight loss/health apps, and if you have either a Galaxy or iPhone then you probably already have one of these in your app menu. These apps will track your food choices and exercise, but will also help you track stress levels and sleep—both of which are important and often overlooked factors connected to weight loss.
This is just a short list of a few highly-regarded weight loss and fitness apps. Have a look in your app store, and you’ll find hundreds of potentials that could work for you. Play around with a few and see what will help you out the most. And remember, an app is only as helpful if you are using it, so find one that you really think fits your lifestyle.

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Sara M. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and freelance writer living and working near Boston, MA. As a former CrossFit gym owner and current fitness lover, Sara has a lot of personal and professional experience inside and outside the gym. She loves to write about various topics related to health, wellness, nutrition, human behavior, and self-mastery.